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For KKR, it's a catch-22 situation

It's a classic catch-22 situation for the Shah Rukh Khan-owned franchise as far as Sourav Ganguly is concerned. They are mulling the option of going into IPL 4 without Bengal's favourite son, hoping to give the team a new direction.

But the move can backfire badly as the team itself may lose lot of currency with fanatic fans in Kolkata if he's allowed to go away. As former Indian opener Devang Gandhi points out, KKR will lose their connectivity with local fans if they take the field without Sourav.

"Not only that, whichever franchise signs up Sourav will actually enjoy 'home advantage' when playing at Eden Gardens against KKR. Take my word for it, the crowd will root for Sourav and whichever team he plays for," added Devang, who knows the Eden crowd inside out, having played and watched cricket at this venue all his life.

Differences between Sourav and the KKR management soured prior to IPL 2 when their erstwhile coach John Buchanan came up with his…

Imtiaz Ali wins the Koffee hamper at KWK 3

Koffee with Karan Season 3' has always left a deep impression on the minds of the viewers ever since it began three weeks back. This week, it was the turn of the trio- the top three directors of B-Town namely Raj Kumar Hirani, Imtiaz Ali and Farah Khan who were invited by host Karan Johar to share some of their experiences over cups of Koffee.

To begin with, the trio was in the best of their moods and when Farah Khan walked in first she was made to clear the air about her and Shahrukh Khan. Farah was very straight forward as she said that both she and Shahrukh were busy with their respective movies so there was hardly any communication but she did admit that it was hard to miss Shahrukh as he appeared in some magazine or the other, and even otherwise she missed him every moment.

As the show moved on, Raj Kumar Hirani was applauded for his success formula in films and also Imtiaz Ali,who had seen amazing success at the box office with his films.

However, a significant point made on th…

Sania pleads to SRK!

Sharukh Khan is undoubtedly the most romantic actor in B Town today. Right from the Dilwale days to My name is Khan, SRK has been one romantic guy every girl would love to dream. Seems like Sania Mirza too is a part of his huge frenzy fan following group loving his romantic moves and Dialogues.Sania recently got married to ace Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik. Supposedly Shoaib is introvert and shy. So at the recent Sahara India sports award, Sania has asked SRK , the king of Romance to share some tips with Shoaib so that he talks more.The three had a great fun time on stage. Sania went on to say "Shah Rukh's strength is the way he talks and he also romances in a very charming way in his films.So, I asked him to share some tips with Shoaib and teach him a few romantic lines so he would talk more. It was all done in good humour and Shah Rukh was pulling our leg all through the act"

Khan also made Sania and Shoaib shake a leg with him on the popular song from…

SRK would never stoop to that level. I don't believe it: Farah Khan

Film people and controversy go hand in hand. Since the time Farah Khan started 'Tees Maar Khan' with Akshay Kumar, the media has constantly written about the fallout between once thick pals Farah and Shah Rukh Khan. While the media has constantly speculated that all's not well between Farah and SRK, the latest development seemed to take the 'bitterness' between them to a new level. Reportedly, SRK has prevailed upon the Lullas of Eros to bring 'Toonpur Ka Superrhero' on 24 December, in the same week as Farah's 'Tees Maar Khan'. "I don't think there's any truth to it," Farah tells me, "SRK would never stoop to that level. I refuse to believe it." But the fact remains that 'Tees Maar Khan' will not enjoy the solo status any longer, since 'Toonpur Ka Superhero' will vie for eyeballs and footfalls in the same (Christmas) week. "I am very fond of Ajay Devgn. But we are not competing with an…

Farah's spoof on SRK

TOI would not like to hazard a guess on the relationship status between Shah Rukh Khan and Farah Khan, but the buzz in Bollywood is that the choreographer-director has mercilessly spoofed the Bollywood Badshah in her forthcoming film Tees Maar Khan.

It is said that Akshaye Khanna's role in the film is completely modelled on SRK. And the references to the superstar are as bold and direct as they can be. Trade pundits don't find this unusual. They say the film was written by Farah's husband Shirish Kunder, who doesn't see eye-to-eye with SRK, and naturally — the script-writer would have lampooned the Bollywood Badshah given the opportunity.

So, Shirish's script has Akshaye suffering from a terrible back ache for which he has to constantly go to London for treatment.

And, there's Akshaye in his opening shot talking about showing off his six-pack and going topless for a scene, which will remind viewers of SRK's Dard-e-Disco number in Om Shant…

Prime TV's Shah Rukh Khan event cancelled

Pakistani entertainment channel, Prime TV's foray into events has had a setback after its first event featuring Shah Rukh Khan was cancelled in the last minute.The channel had come under major scrutiny from pressure in India including the Shiv Sena party. Last week, the party said it was "inappropriate" for the Bollywood star to be a part of the show (organised by a Pakistani channel) during a time when India had been observing the second anniversary of the 26/11 terrorist attacks.Only on Friday, organisers of the gala dinner and dance, Prime TV was adamant that Shah Rukh Khan will be attending despite pressure from India.Prime TV on the other hand said in a statement that the event was cancelled due to Shah Rukh Khan's filming commitments in Berlin where he is shooting for 'Don 2', plus the poor weather conditions.The statement said, "Mr. Khan's office has further asked us to refund all tickets. On this basis as a first priority the organi…

Shahrukh Khan Night in Bangladesh

In 1997, Antar Showbiz organized an event named 'HOT SUMMER NIGHT' at Dhaka Stadium [now Bangabandhu National Stadium], which ultimately did not take place, thus deceiving thousands of people, who purchased tickets for the show. It was even learnt at that time that, Ontor Showbiz started selling tickets for this show even without making any booking of the Dhaka Stadium. Warrant of arrest was issued against Swapan Chowdhury, owner of Antar Showbiz following this incident and police raided his residence at Silver Apalrtment at Eskaton area. The HOT SUMMER NIGHT program ultimately did not take place and it was never learnt whether the people, who purchased tickets, got their money back or not.Now the same Swapan Chowdhury and his Antar Showbiz is back with another program titled Shah Rukh Khan Night, which is scheduled to take place on December 10, 2010 at Army Stadium in Dhaka.According to information, Antar Showbiz is selling 12,000 tickets priced at TK. 25,000, TK…

Mahesh Bhatt's daughter in KJo's next

Two days ago, Mumbai Mirror reported about David Dhawan's son Varun's Bollywood launch. And might we add, the boy is rather good-looking! Well, it gets better.

Mahesh Bhatt
and Soni Razdan's younger daughter Alia is all set to make her Bollywood debut too and guess who she'll make it with? That's right: Varun. They will star in Karan Johar's untitled next with another newcomer Siddharth Malhotra and KJo will co-produce the film with Shah Rukh Khan. So, it doesn't get bigger than this.

While Bhatt's elder daughter Shaheen took to writing, 17-year old Alia was nursing aspirations to become an actress for the past two years. "But Bhatt's production house ,Vishesh Films, kept her under wraps and she was hardly seen at Bollywood functions," reveals a source close to the film.

Meanwhile, KJo has apparently wanted to make a film with newcomers for long now. The source adds, "After signing Varun and Siddharth, Karan was look…

Shah Rukh, Rani to campaign for Sundarbans

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan is all set to front a campaign to get the Sundarbans, the world's largest mangrove forest, enlisted as one of the Seven Wonders of the World with a live performance here next month. The 45-year-old actor will be joined by other stars including Rani Mukherji, Arjun Rampal and Isha Koppikhar at the gala event on December 10. "He will vote for the Sundarbans on stage during his performance," Swapan Chowdhury chairman of Ontar Showbiz, organizer of the performance, told newsmen here. Private television channel Boishakhi TV and Radio Today would broadcast the performance live from the Army Stadium in Dhaka. Khan and his co-performers will arrive here on December 9 and leave for home the day after the programme. Tickets for the show will be available at different selected points in the capital. The price of tickets have been categorised in four kinds - Bronze at Tk 3,000, Silver at Tk 5,000, Gold at Tk 10,000 and Platinum at Tk 25,…

Re: CTBP - October-2010 issue - Papers 5 to 13

Shooting of Don 2 tend to a closeThe Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan holds sympathetic because of the filming of the sequel "Don 2 - The Chase Continues" continues in the German capital Berlin, and was pleased to enter in the past week, so in the Golden Book of Berlin.This Shah Rukh Khan resides in a Berlin hotel, where it has a little thanks to its special legal status because, contrary to the many other hotel guests should the Indian superstar Shah Rukh Khan in his hotel room to his liking, smoking pursue.
The management allowed the actor Shahrukh Khan, in his suite to smoke while likely that this exemption for the charming Asian super star Shahrukh Khan be quite good because the main character of "Don 2 - The Chase Continues" smokes like to one or the other cigarette a day, but we do not like For example, to exaggerate and claim that Shah Rukh Khan smokes like a chimney."
But in his room is so Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan smoke …

SRK on DEC 2010 Filmfare cover page

SRK, Rani to perform in Bangladesh

Bollywood stars Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukherji, Arjun Rampal and Isha Koppikar will perform in Dhaka on 10th December to campaign for the world's largest mangrove Sundarbans as one of the seven wonders of the world."The Bollywood stars will perform and vote to select the seven wonders at the Army Stadium. Bangladeshi private television channel Boishakhi TV will telecast the event," Swapan Chowdhury, chairman of Ontor Showbiz which signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the channel, announced on Thursday.Bollywood singer Niraj Sreedhar, choreographer Ganesh Hedge, Bangladeshi movie star Shakib Khan, singer Kumar Biswajit and dancer Prantor will also perform at the six-hour show. King Khan and his co-performers will arrive here a day earlier."This event will be a milestone in the realm of entertainment in Bangladesh and we are very excited as well as delighted to be a part of this," Manjurul Ahsan Bulbul, CEO and editor-in-chief of Boishakhi …

SRK, Kjo to launch David's son

It is perhaps the best way to get launched, some might say. Shah Rukh Khan is all set to launch David Dhawan's son, Varun Dhawan, and newcomer Sidharth Malhotra in Karan Johar's next film.

Although initially Karan was to only produce the film, he has now apparently decided to direct the film as well. This will be the first time that Karan himself will be directing a film which will star all newcomers.

Our source said, "So far he has only made multi-starrers right from his debut film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. However, the interesting part is that the film will be made with the association of SRK's production house Red Chillies as well and will be a joint venture with Dharma Productions.

David Dhawan's son Varun and Sidharth were both assistants to Karan in his last film My Name Is Khan. Karan also met a couple of young directors for the film. However he has finally decided to direct the film himself. The decision has been kept hush hush and a formal anno…

SRK to reprise DiCaprio 'Departed' role?

Shah Rukh Khan will reportedly play a policeman in a Bollywood remake of Martin Scorsese's The Departed.

According to the Hindustan Times, Khan will play a role similar to that of Leonardo DiCaprio in the Hollywood film, which itself was a remake of Hong Kong thriller Infernal Affairs.

Discussions allegedly started when Khan met with Scorsese and DiCaprio earlier this year at the Berlin Film Festival

Reports suggest that the film would be co-produced by Khan and Vishal Bhardwaj, who are in the process of attempting to get remake rights from the makers of The Departed.

If the picture was to go ahead, it would be the second time Khan has played a policeman in a film, having previously played a man in uniform in One 2 Ka 4.


London: Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan once again in the capital

Last days of the shooting of Don 2 - The Chase ContinuesThe Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan is the last scenes of the upcoming film "Don 2 - The Chase Continues" again in Berlin and Mumbai has thus once again leave and traveled to the German capital.While we have corrected our report of yesterday's Wednesday on the likeable star Shah Rukh Khan, it delights us that Shah Rukh Khan was not a lot of hype the honor of themselves on Tuesday at the Crest Room of the Red Town Council of Berlin in the Golden Book of capital to be allowed to enter.
A well deserved honor for the Indian star Shah Rukh Khan, with them gathered some fans of the actor and father to his visit to City Hall.It is likely the filming of 'Don 2 - The Chase Continues ", the highly anticipated sequel to" Don "slowly but surely the end will be, and after many days of shooting now, only the final scenes for the movie at various places in Berlin turned be.
Incidentally, Shah Rukh Kha…

Shah Rukh Khan in Berlin City Hall

An audience of millions in Asia loves his movies, millions of fans love him, the Indian megastar Shah Rukh Khan.Without much hype, he happened on Tuesday in the hall of arms of the Red City Hall in the Golden Book of the City of Berlin.

Remained So the clear piles of German fans.Bollywood is surely not just Hollywood.At least not in this country.And while every starlet from United States will be celebrated hysterically, the enthusiasm for holding the absolute superstar of the eastern hemisphere, within limits.Of being the biggest sex symbol of Hollywood beyond existing Indian actor - although erotic scenes in his movies are absolutely taboo - not even all the photographers present Seemed to be known.

The Governing Mayor of Berlin Klaus Wowereit, however, sunning, visibly delighted in addition to the friendly and unassuming superstar, who is shooting on the sequel to his successful Indian blockbuster "DON-2" in Berlin.

The media also on the board Berlin-Brandenburg-f…

SRK to do a Di Caprio

Bollywood is excited that the patch-up between Shah Rukh Khan and Vishal Bhardwaj (after years!) has led to the possibility of a remake of Martin Scorsese's super hit The Departed.

That SRK and Bhardwaj will do a film is certain, and if it is the official remake of Scorsese's film, then the actor will most certainly do Di Caprio's role. Which is that of a cop! The last time Shah Rukh played a cop was 10 years ago in the average action drama One 2 Ka 4 co-starring Jackie Shroff.

Apparently, both SRK and Bhardwaj are keen on a joint production and in the meeting that they last had, they were eager to remake The Departed. The consent and rights have to be got from the international production house post which they can embark upon their ambitious film. For Matt Damon's role in the Hollywood film, the two will have to sit down and think about which other big Bollywood star to cast.

However, at the time both SRK and Bhardwaj are busy with current projects,…

When Khan met Klaus

Shah Rukh Khan met the Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit; signed the guestbook at the Town Hall -- a rare honour

Shah Rukh Khan recently visited the Rotes Rathaus, Berlin's Town Hall and met its openly gay mayor Klaus Wowereit.

The actor is in Germany shooting for Farhan Akhtar's Don 2. While at the Rotes Rathaus, SRK got to sign the guest book, a rare honour.

He is the first Indian actor to be given the honour.  A source reveals, "Shah Rukh was extremely excited to visit the Town Hall.

Since landing in Berlin, he's got an extremely warm reception and was thrilled to meet the city's mayor and talk to him."


Shahrukh to vote for Sundarbans

Bollywood Superstar Shahrukh Khan will cast vote for the Sundarbans to make it one of the 'New Natural Seven Wonders'.His casting will be broadcasted on private TV channel Boishakhi TV, said chairman of Antar Showbiz Swapan Chowdhury at a press conference organised jointly by Ontor Showbiz and Boishakhi TV at a city hotel.Khan known as 'King Khan' is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka on December 9, 2010. The show will be staged on December 10 and the megastar will go back the following day.

SRK gets special permission to smoke in Berlin hotel

Smoking in public places, especially in hotels and restaurants is strictly prohibited not just in Berlin but in other German states as well.

There are 'No Smoking' signs and warnings that the offender would be fined if caught smoking, put up everywhere.

Bending rules
However, the rules have been bent for Shah Rukh Khan, who is shooting in Berlin for Farhan Akhtar's Don 2. The actor can smoke at the Hotel Mandala on Potsdamer Platz for the entire duration of his stay there. It has been two months since he began shooting there.

Recently, a German magazine carried a report about the general manager of the hotel giving Shah Rukh special permission to flout the norms.

A special exception was made for Suite 1107, where Shah Rukh will stay till the end of November. The actor has also been provided an ashtray to make sure he doesn't damage the carpeting and linen in his suite on the 11th floor of the hotel. The rate of the room is Rs 113,960 per night.

According t…

SRK rebuilding his social network

The saying goes: you've got to be careful about who all you offend on your way up because these are the same people you will meet on your way down. What this means in Shah Rukh Khan's context is gradually coming to the surface now.

Yesterday, we told you that Shah Rukh called up Sanjay Leela Bhansali and mended fences with him, praising his latest film Guzaarish.

The latest is that King Khan apologised to Sunil Gavaskar close to two weeks ago, at a sports awards function. After lashing out at Gavaskar in 2009 for his comments on the Kolkata Knight Riders' coach John Buchanan, Shah Rukh made an extra effort to mend his differences with him.

Says an eyewitness, "When Gavaskar came up on stage, SRK politely told him that whatever had been reported had been misconstrued by the media, that he respects him very much and loves him for the several honours he has brought to the country." And Gavaskar apparently smiled and told SRK that things often get b…

Hymn of praise to Berlin!

For weeks working in India cinema God on his new action flick 'Don 2' in the capital.Shah Rukh Khan even celebrated his 45thBirthday in Berlin and was congratulated by many fans who travel with him around the world.